THE NINE LADIES

art: 1. Sacro Sanctus; 2. Eclipse Over Stanton Moor; 3. The Nine Ladies; 4. Etherial Rite (image pending)

THE NINE LADIES, DERBYSHIRE
The Nine Ladies is a small bronze age circle high on Stanton Moor, a sandstone plateau measuring 60 hectares, and an extensive bronze age burial site. Surrounded by over 70 bronze age barrows and cairns, producing discoveries from flint and bronze daggers, axes, glass beads to collared urns and over 80 cremations, The Nine Ladies is a small embanked circle of millstone grit. Set into a low rubble bank, with entrances to the north east and south west, it measures 35’ in diameter and none of the stones exceed 3’ in height. A tenth stone was found lying flat in 1979 and 120’ to the south west stands the King’s Stone (aka The Fiddler’s Stone), which has been occasionally moved and even hit by a car. Other circles of stone were still in existence in this locale up until the late C18th, and the beautiful circle of Doll Tor is not far away. Quarrying rights have recently reverted to the private companies who previously worked the area, and as such the magnificence of Stanton Moor is presently protected by camps of environmentalists (please visit the LINKS page for further details).
OS: SK.249.635 North of Stanton-in-Peak, on a minor road from the A6 between Buxton and Matlock.


SACRO SANCTUS
oil on canvas, 24" x 48", 2003, £365

Viewed from across the moor on a pastel day which accentuated the vibrancy of the heather. The title refers to its role in the landscape and human perception. The circle itself is minimally represented in this landscape although the flat layers of the heather, scrub and horizon still retain them as the focus beneath one of those pale clouded skies which never seem to clear, a microcosm of eternity.


ECLIPSE OVER STANTON MOOR
oil on canvas, 20" x 50", 2001, £360
Ltd ed prints available (/250)

The circle viewed through the forked birch as you approach, with the lunar eclipse of early 2001 stealing the night. Whilst the silver birch is rendered as a basic silhouette its nature is reflected by built-up layers of oil and in the light it casts as opposed to heavy shadow.
Click HERE to read Eclipse


THE NINE LADIES
oil on canvas, 36" x 48", 2001, £NFS
Ltd ed prints available (/250), Postcard prints available

An image which was fiddled around with for a couple of years. A rather linear image: the site is on flat moorland and I wanted to accentuate the fact that the horizon is unobtainable since it is just below the eyeline and single-file birches. The lines of the clouds reflect the slight curves of the plateau and the bank and ditch.
Click HERE to read Untitled

image pending
ETHERIAL RITE
oil on canvas, 14" x 10", 2004, £109
image pending

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